Zimbabwean Roselyn allowed back home

A young Zimbabwean woman who was facing deportation is celebrating after being allowed home from an immigration removal centre.

A young Zimbabwean woman who was facing deportation is celebrating after being allowed home from an immigration removal centre.

Roselyn Mujaranji, 24, was back home with her uncle and aunt in Three Score, Bowthorpe yesterday after being released from Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire.

She said she was 'over the moon', but the UK Border Agency said her release was only temporary and her solictor has now applied for a judicial review to determine if she can stay long enough in the UK to apply for asylum.

As reported, Roselyn was taken to Yarl's Wood last month after being detained when she made a routine visit to sign on at Bethel Street police station in Norwich.


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During her detention at Yarl's Wood she took an overdose and spent several days recovering at Bedford hospital.

Amanda Hopkinson, chairman of the Norwich Justice and Peace Group, who has campaigned for Roselyn to remain in the UK, said: 'It's great news and a victory for common sense. Roselyn will now try and seek asylum in the UK.'

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As reported, Roselyn had been granted a reprieve against deportation last August, after her predicament was highlighted by the Evening News.

The young woman fled Zimbabwe in March last year after she was tortured and her mother was killed by supporters of Robert Mugabe's ruling party.

She took the first flight she could get out of the country and arrived in Norwich from Germany.

But in August last year, her appeal for a judicial review to remain in the country as an asylum seeker failed and she was taken to Yarl's Wood. The UK Border Agency said that as Germany was the first safe country she arrived at, she should return there to seek asylum.

Dale Adams, UK Border Agency regional director, said today: 'We can confirm that Roselyn has been temporarily released from Yarl's Wood while a late appeal is considered.

'If this appeal is unsuccessful, we will not hesitate to restart removal actions.'

Is one of your family members in danger of being deported? Call David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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